Community Health Center in Akron, OH

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(4.3 of 5)
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725 East Market Street
Akron OH 44305

Community Health Center Philosophy

Community Health Center is committed to enhancing the quality of life. We are a leader in providing effective services for compulsive and addictive disorders, health care, life skills development, prevention, housing, wellness and rehabilitation. We believe chemical dependency is a progressive, fatal illness that is highly treatable.

Areas of Specialization

  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Highlights

Animal Assisted Therapy

Group Counseling

Individual Counseling

Meet the Staff

Robert Stokes

Chief Executive Officer

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Bob Stokes joined Community Health Center June 2013. He brings over 25 years of experience in healthcare management and treatment services to the agency, including hospital administration at Akron Children’s Hospital and 7 years of executive management, leading regional behavioral health and substance abuse treatment agencies.

Nancy Jones Keogh, PhD

Clinical Director

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Dr. Nancy Jones Keogh joined Community Health Center in 1996 and serves as the Clinical Director overseeing all behavioral health programs. Her areas of expertise include psychological assessment and diagnosis, treatment of anxiety disorders and addiction treatment. In addition to her duties at CHC, she is in private practice and is a member of the medical staff at Akron General Medical Center and is an adjunct clinical faculty member at The University of Akron. Editorial Review

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Founded in 1974 and located in the Middlebury neighborhood just east of downtown Akron, Ohio, Community Health Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides prevention, treatment, and housing services for addictive and compulsive behaviors and disorders. The organization offers detox, residential, and outpatient services for men and women struggling with substance use disorder, as well as sober-living facilities for women only and outpatient services for adolescents.

The center offers both methadone and Suboxone treatment.


Community Health Center subscribes to the disease concept of addiction, and recognizes that there is no one treatment modality that’s appropriate to all clients. As such, treatment begins with a holistic assessment designed to get an overall picture of the client’s addiction and other aspects of their life.

The building blocks of the center’s clinical programs are individual, family and group counseling, primary health care, medical detoxification, residential treatment and educational seminars.

Since the center recognizes that successful recovery also depends upon the logistics of an individual’s life, Community Health Center also provides vocational assistance and housing, case management, and childcare services, as well as medical treatment.

The residential program lasts 90 to 120 days and includes counseling, medical services, and round-the clock monitoring. Following residential treatment, women, including pregnant women and those with children, may progress to sober-living facilities operated by Community Health Center.

The center’s intensive outpatient program (IOP) takes approximately five months to complete.


Staff includes an MD, a PhD level clinical director, and master’s level counselors. The single alum polled by to date gave the facility four stars for its staff’s level of training and experience.


The residential facility holds 28 beds. The single alum polled by to date gave the center four stars for its accommodations and its meals and nutrition, and three stars for its cleanliness.


The single alum polled by to date would recommend treatment at this facility. They could think of no weaknesses to treatment at the center, and gave it four stars for its overall effectiveness, counseling options, and treatment for co-occurring disorders (though they also gave it just two stars for its holistic options and family program). “Kind understanding people who did not make you feel judged and offered a lot of support,” they wrote, as well as praising the comfort afforded by the detox program, and the emotional support provided at counseling and group meetings.

At the time of this writing, secondary review sites yielded just four reviews, giving an average rating of 3.5 stars, on Google.[1] The positive reviewers tended to focus on the value of the organization’s work: “The Community Health Center offers tremendous service to many avenues of treatment. They take care of the mind and body with counseling, testing, case management, specialized women's services, trauma-competent care, childcare…” one anonymous reviewer wrote. However, Dana expressed some frustrations with the administrative side of the organization, writing: “Staff is not on the same page when it comes to rules. Many mixed messages… There's NO follow through.”


The single staffer polled by to date, Maureen, gave very positive feedback, for the most part. Maureen gave the center five out of five stars for its staff’s experience and credentials, and four stars for its ability to put clients’ interests first. Though she described the center as “Ok for psych education, not great for therapeutic groups,” she also noted that she would recommend treatment here, and wrote: “Excellent clinical staff. Clinical and medical staff are well versed in evidenced based practice and have been offering specialized treatment for women.”


Community Health Center treats clients regardless of their ability to pay. According to a brochure published by the organization, most major insurances are accepted, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. The single alum polled to date on the center’s affordability gave it three out of five stars.

Published November 2016


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Kind understanding people who did not make you feel judged and offered a lot of support. I liked that they kept you as comfortable as possible with the withdrawal by giving medication that helped with the symptoms and then weaning you off and you got the same when it came to emotional support plenty of counseling and group meetings to help get you through some of the toughest days of your life

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Excellent clinical staff. Clinical and medical staff are well versed in evidenced based practice and have been offering specialized treatment for women. Medication-assisted program combined medical and clinical components to offer comprehensive care. Most clinical staff are licensed in Chemical Dependency and Mental Health. Support groups, out-pt, IOP and residential services, transitional housing and permanent housing are available. Ok for psych education, not great for therapeutic groups.

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